Brownlow Latine Redivivus: a Book of Entries, of Such Declarations, Informations, Pleas in Barr and Abatement, Replications, Rejoynders, Issues, Verdicts, Bills of Exception to Verdicts, Judgements, Demurrers, and other Parts of Pleadings, (Now in Use) in Personal and Mixt Actions; Contained in the First and Second Parts of the Declarations and pleadings of Richard Brownlow

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Brownlow Latine Redivivus

Title page from Brownlow Latine Redivivus, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Richard Brownlow
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Published London: Printed by the assigns of Richard and Edward Atkyns, Esquires
Date 1693
Edition First Latin edition; pages.
Language Latin with occasional English notes
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Pages [6], 506 (i.e. 406), [46]
Desc. Folio (33 cm.)
Location Shelf L-5
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Richard Brownlow (1553 – 1638) entered the Middle Temple in 1583 and became Chief Protonotary of the Court of Common Pleas in 1590, a position he held until his death. [1] The position was "one of the most important and lucrative clerical offices in a period when court business was growing at an unprecedented pace."[2] It was worth approximately £3000 a year.[3] Brownlow maintained very careful records, many of which can be found in Brownlow Latine Redivivus.[4] Brownlow Latine Redivicus was originally an English translation of Brownlow's Latin precedents for plea roll entries, and most of its material dates from 1600–1615.[5] It was published several times during the 1650s after Parliament made English the official legal language of record.[6] After Latin was reestablished as the official legal language of record during the 1660s, it was translated into Latin and republished. The 1693 edition is considered "the first complete edition of Brownlow's Forms."[7]

Marginalia, page 130.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

There is no doubt that Wythe owned this title—a copy of the 1693 edition of Brownlow Latine Redivivus at the Library of Congress includes George Wythe's bookplate. Thomas Jefferson also listed "Brownlow's entries" in his inventory of Wythe's Library, noting that he kept the volume himself. He later sold it to the Library of Congress in 1815. Both Brown's Bibliography[8] and George Wythe's Library[9] on LibraryThing include the 1693 edition Brownlow Latine Redivivus. The Wolf Law Library moved a copy of the same edition from another rare book collection to the George Wythe Collection.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Inscription (inverted), last page of text.

Rebound in period style with green title label and raised bands to spine. Includes the signature "T. Tomlinson Temple" on the title page and " "George Bougthon" (inverted) on the last page of text. Purchased through the generosity of Daniel W. Baran and Lena Stratton Baran, Class of 1936.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

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See also


  1. Christopher W. Brooks, "Brownlow, Richard (1553–1638)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed October 9, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. W. Harold Maxwell, A Bibliography of English Law to 1650, Including Books Dealing with that Period, Printed from 1480 to 1925 (Sweet & Maxwell's Complete Law Book Catalogue, v.1) (London: Sweet & Maxwell, Limited, 1925), 179.
  8. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  9. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on June 28, 2013.

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